A lightly toasted hot dog bun piled with an all beef hot dog, slowly caramelized onions, smokey cream cheese, spicy jalapeños, and don’t forget about those salty kettle chips for some crunch!
Now, I know I call this a recipe, buuuuuut…this isn’t really a recipe… per se. More like a really awesome combination of ingredients that will be perfect for all those summer BBQ’s you plan on having.
And trust me. You’ll want this Seattle Hot Dog Recipe to make an appearance…or two.
Trevor and I have lived in Seattle for 3 years now! The time has just flown by. During that 3 years, Trevor and I have experienced tons of Seattle favorites: plenty of fresh seafood…especially salmon, Tom Douglas (yes, that’s it’s own food category 😉 ), far too much coffee, Rainier cherries, local beer, and have gone to more food festivals than I’d care to admit. I also won’t admit that I have a calendar of Seattle summer food events, because that would make me sound totally lame and food obsessed.
Through all of our amazing food experiences, however, we still haven’t tried the beloved Seattle Hot Dog.
I’ve heard through the grapevine that the best Seattle hot dogs come out after the bars close on the weekends. Since Trevor and I are far too sleepy on the weekends to stay up that late, I decided to make my own at home.
But wait. What’s a Seattle Hot Dog?
Let me keep it simple: hot dog + cream cheese + caramelized onions + other toppings.
Whaaat? Cream cheese on a hot dog? Seriously. Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it. It’s dreeeamy, especially since I added my own twist and used BACON cream cheese. Oh and my “other toppings”, included jalapeño kettle chips. Yep! I went there.
This Seattle hot dog recipe starts by slowly caramelizing some onions in a touch of butter. When the caramelized onions are almost done, de-glaze (get the brown bits off) the pan with a couple healthy splashes of white wine. Butter, onions, and wine are my new favorite. ♡
Trevor is the grill master in our household, so once the onions were done, he threw the jalapeño peppers on the grill. He cooked them until the were nice and charred.
Then, you know, cook the hot dogs and toast the buns.
Now comes the fun part.
Assemble the Seattle hot dogs by smearing a generous dollop of that almost too good to be true, delicious bacon cream cheese on the lightly toasted bun. Then place the hot dog on the bun, and the caramelized onions and jalapeños on top of that.
After that, you can decide what other toppings sound good to you! Trevor and I loved these with a little squirt of yellow mustard, but I’ve also heard people use Sriracha for an extra spicy kick!
But THEN. After I took my first bite, I thought the hot dog could use some texture, so I had the brilliant ( 😉 ) idea of crushing some jalapeño kettle chips and scattering them on top of my hot dog.
Seriously. Do it. It’s life changing. It was so life changing that I didn’t actually get photos of it, because it was too delicious. Oops. 🙂
This Seattle hot dog recipe has turned me from a hot dog liker to a hot dog L.O.V.E.R. ♡ A lightly toasted hot dog bun piled with an all beef hot dog, slowly caramelized onions, smokey cream cheese, spicy jalapeños, and don’t forget about those salty kettle chips for some crunch!
What are your favorite hot dog toppings? Show me the yummy!
Seattle Hot Dog Recipe
- 1 small yellow onion halved and sliced
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 splashes dry white wine
The hot dogs
- 6 all beef hot dogs
- 6 hot dog buns
- 4 jalapeño peppers
- 1 (8 oz) tub Philadelphia bacon cream cheese
Other optional toppings, if desired
- Jalapeño Kettle Chips
- yellow mustard
- Heat a large skillet over medium/medium low heat. Once hot, add in butter.
- Once the butter has melted, add in sliced onion and cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and caramelized.
- In the last minute or two, deglaze the pan with a couple splashes of dry white wine. Cook until the wine has absorbed.
- Set aside.
The hot dogs
- Preheat your grill to high heat.
- Cook hot dogs until warmed through.
- Toast buns until golden brown, this won't take long.
- Place jalapeños on the grill and cook for about 8 minutes, turning every few minutes.*
- Take one toasted bun and smear on bacon cheese cream.
- Place hot dog in the bun and top with caramelized onions, jalapeños, kettle chips, and other additional toppings, as desired!
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*Note: Nutrition information is estimated and varies based on products used.